Laura Whitmore has been announced as Caroline Flack's replacement as host of Love Island.

The 34-year-old said she was "excited" to be presenting the main show after Flack stepped down from hosting the upcoming series of the reality programme after she was charged with assault.

Series six of the ITV2 show will be filmed from a brand new location and villa in Cape Town where a host of new Islanders will try to win the hearts of each other.

Whitmore said: “To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement.

“I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend.

Caroline Flack stood down from hosting Love Island after being charged with assault. Credit: PA

"We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role.

"I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice.

“Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new Islanders looking for love.

"The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me… not a chance!”

Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer, said: “I’m delighted that Laura is able to step in this winter on ITV2’s biggest show.

"She is the best person for the job and is a popular and experienced presenter of live television. Whilst Caroline is away, we know thatLove Island will be in very safe hands.“